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February 8, 2019
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Mission Moments:

Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day: A Resounding Success!

More than 200 pharmacists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and others came together at the state capitol on Tuesday to learn about the work of the Minnesota Pharmacy Alliance and the issues that are important to pharmacy and to the well-being of our patients. We presented the Friend of Pharmacy Award to former state Rep. Roz Peterson for her work in advancing pharmacy. A record-breaking number of participants met with representatives and senators from across the political spectrum to share information about pharmacy issues, with more than 105 visits that day.

We heard from several legislators about the importance of this event. Sen. Scott Jensen told participants, “Tell us your stories, show us your examples. My pharmacist visit today showed me how the claw-backs worked; I get it now. It was powerful.”

Sen. Jim Abeler pointed to the need for continued communication with your legislators, saying, “These [pharmacy and health care] topics shouldn’t be partisan. There is good collaboration across parties and houses. I see a lot of reasons for optimism. Identify the need and the gap, and then ask for the change. Ask again and ask again.”

Another reflected, “When you come wearing your white coats, it makes a difference!”

Many thanks to all for making the day a terrific success!

Roz Peterson Award

L-R: MSHP President Sue Haight, MSHP Past President Tamara Bezdicek, Former Rep. Roz Peterson, MPhA Past President Jill Strykowski and MPhA President Jason Varin

Rep Hortman

Speaker of the House Melissa Hortman (wearing red scarf) was one of many legislators who took time to meet with Legislative Day participants.

Rep Pryor

Rep. Laurie Pryor of Minnetonka (third from right) met with MPhA Past President Molly Ekstrand and others.


Near the end of our event, a bipartisan panel of legislators discussed issues related to health care and pharmacy. L-R: Sen. Scott Jensen, Sen. Jim Abeler, Sen. John Marty, Rep. Tina Liebling, Rep. Dave Baker, Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, Rep. Jeremy Munson, Sen. Rich Draheim.

Be sure to check out more of our photos from the event on the MPhA Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @minnpharmassoc for updates on legislation affecting pharmacy!

Do you have news to share about MPhA members and their achievements? Help us spread the news about the good work that our members are doing across Minnesota! Send material to Communication Director Laurie Pumper at

Alliance for Patient Medication Safety

Wanted: Candidates for 2019 MPhA Board of Directors

The MPhA Leadership Development Committee is looking for members who are interested to serve on the Board of Directors and begin a two-year term in June 2019. We need the best skills, passion, and varied perspectives to build an energetic, inclusive, and strategic governing Board. Serving on the MPhA board of directors is an opportunity to provide leadership and direction to the association as we strive to meet our mission: Serving Minnesota pharmacists to advance patient care. With health reform implementation rapidly underway, it is a very exciting time to be at the table to discuss the changes that are occurring and help chart the course for the profession.

The deadline for submitting your nomination is March 1, 2019.

Submit a Nomination

If serving on the MPhA Board of Directors interests you, please fill out the online Call for Nominations form.

The Board of Directors is composed of the following members: President, Immediate Past President, President-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer, the Speaker and Vice Speaker of the House, two rural and two metro directors elected from nominees put forward by the districts/regional groups, five directors at-large elected from nominees put forward by the academies, a pharmacy technician ex-officio representative and ex-officio representatives of associate organizations. MPhA’s Board of Directors can recognize associate organizations who are comprised of pharmacists or student pharmacists that are independent of MPhA, but share common interests, members, and need for inter-organizational communication and coordination. Associate organizations are granted one seat on the MPhA Board of Directors ex-officio without vote, which they may choose to exercise. The Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (MN-ASCP), the Minnesota College of Clinical Pharmacists (MCCP) and the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) and the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy are associate organizations. Staggered terms have been established so that each year there are board positions up for re-election. This means the opportunity for fresh new ideas from energetic pharmacists to participate and make a difference!

In 2019, MPhA is seeking nominees/applicants for:

  • 3 Member-at-Large Positions
  • 1 Metro Board Member Position

The MPhA board of directors meets monthly with alternating 3-hour meetings (in person, typically during odd-numbered months), and 1-hour meetings (via conference call, typically during even-numbered months). The incoming MPhA President has discretion to modify the schedule to best meet the needs of the board and the association. Board members are expected to bring issues to the board meetings on behalf of their constituency. Board members play an important role as liaisons to committees and participate in welcoming new pharmacists to the profession.

To learn more about the board of directors and MPhA, contact To apply, please submit your nomination now.

Submit a Nomination

MPhA Events

Don’t Miss Out on the Midwest Pharmacy Expo!

February 8-10 • Hilton Des Moines Downtown, Des Moines, IA

The Midwest Pharmacy Expo starts today — and you can still register HERE for the Midwest’s premier live continuing pharmacy education event!

MPhA Virtual Coffee Break: Medication Recycling

February 20, 2019 • Online Webinar

More than 40% of Americans report struggling to pay for their medications. At the same time, every year Long Term Care (LTC) facilities in the United States (including Minnesota) are throwing away billions of dollars’ worth of safe medication. Medication repositories allow LTC facilities to donate their unused, safe medications that would otherwise be wasted to patients who can’t afford them. Medication repositories can lower the cost of medication, improve health care outcomes, reduce health care spending at the state level, and even remove pollutants from the environment. Twenty-one states already have functioning medication repository programs, but state law currently prohibits this common-sense solution in Minnesota. We expect legislation to be introduced in the Minnesota Legislature this year to address this topic.

Register Online


Rowan Mahon holds an MPH from the University of Minnesota and is currently a PharmD/MHI student at the University. In 2017 she founded the Public-health Advocacy Student Alliance, which is an interprofessional student organization at the University of Minnesota representing different health care professions including Pharmacy, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, and Healthcare Administration. PHASA works under the mission of empowering students to improve health disparities through policy and advocacy measures. Rowan was the head organizer for PHASA’s legislative effort and played a key role in forming the legislation that was created last session.

Registration Fees

The cost is $25 for non-members. MPhA pharmacist members, pharmacy technician members and student members may attend at no cost.

APhA’s Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services

May 31 • Ewald Conference Center, St. Paul

This program qualifies you to register as a provider with MN Medicaid and conduct and receive payment for Medication Therapy Management services.

Seats are limited for this course. Submitting registration materials by November 9 does not guarantee a seat in the program. If space is still available, you will receive confirmation of your admission. If the program is closed, your credit card will not be charged, and you will be notified. Participants must complete the self-study component, attend the live training seminar, and complete the follow-up case studies to receive full credit and certification for this course. To Receive Full Credit for this Course:

  • Participants must complete the self-study component
  • Participants must attend the live training seminar
  • Participants must complete the 12 follow-up case studies

Register Online

Save the Dates: MPhA Events

April 4

MSHP/MPhA Joint CE Town Hall
St. Cloud Area

May 6-9, 2019

U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Officers Foundation Conference

June 12, 2019

MPhA Leadership Summit and House of Delegates Meeting
Midland Hills Country Club, St. Paul

Minnesota News

Special Election Results

From Todd Hill, Capitol Strategies: With 100% of the precincts in, state Rep. Jason Rarick has defeated DFL candidate Stu Lourey 52% to 46%. The Legal Marijuana Now Party candidate received 2% of the votes cast in Tuesday’s special election. This is a GOP pickup in the Minnesota Senate and gives the Senate Republicans a margin of 35-32. The vacancy in SD 11 occurred when Gov. Tim Walz appointed Stu’s father, Tony Lourey, as commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services. A special election will now be necessary to fill the soon-to-be-vacant Rarick House seat.

UMN College of Pharmacy Health Fair at the Capitol

Join student pharmacists from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy on February 21, 2019 at the Capitol Rotunda! Learn about the role of pharmacists on a health care team, explore the diverse patient populations pharmacists serve and talk to the next generation of pharmacists! Stop by to engage with the local Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance initiatives.

Who: University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Students
What: A free educational health fair for the public on safe medication use, managing common health conditions and healthy living
When: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, 1-5 p.m.
Where: Capitol Rotunda - 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, St Paul, MN 55155

National News

President Says Ending HIV Epidemic Is Priority

From a blog post by U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Feb. 5: In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Trump announced one of the most important public health initiatives in history: ending the HIV epidemic in America.

The President sees a once-in-a-generation opportunity to end the epidemic, thanks to the most powerful HIV prevention and treatment tools in history and new tools that allow us to pinpoint where HIV infections are spreading most rapidly.

Thanks to the HIV medicine antiretroviral therapy (ART), individuals with HIV that take their medicine as prescribed and maintain an undetectable viral load can live long, healthy lives and have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting HIV to a partner.

Read the Full Blog Post

NCPA Pharmacy Fly-In, April 10-11

NCPA Pharmacy Fly-In

The National Community Pharmacists Association will hold its annual Congressional Pharmacy Fly-In event again this year. You’ll get briefings on key issues, share your story with members of Congress, and fly home… all in about 48 hours. NCPA anticipates that CMS will finalize its proposed drug pricing rule — on which NCPA members recently submitted 3400+ comments in support of the DIR provisions — sometime in early April, which could make this event all the more important as a grassroots advocacy opportunity.

Get More Details & Register Now

Sen. Tina Smith Supports Legislation to Bring Generics to Market

Sen. Tina Smith announced this week that she has signed on to support the Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples (CREATES) Act, S 974, aimed at deterring pharmaceutical companies from blocking cheaper generic alternatives from entering the marketplace. This bipartisan legislation is authored by Sen. Patrick Leahy, and is also supported by Sen. Amy Klobuchar and 27 other senators.

FDA Issues Final Guidance on Opioid Use Disorder

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has released its final Guidance for Industry on Opioid Use Disorder – Developing Depot Buprenorphine Products for Treatment.

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Test Your Knowledge

Show what You Know about Pharmacy

The new Indication for adrenalin injection, approved Dec 2018 based on an Efficacy Supplement, reads: “To increase mean arterial blood pressure in adult patients with hypotension associated with septic shock”.

Adrenalin Injection came to market in 1939. It was marketed as an unapproved drug product until Dec 2012, when it received FDA approval as a Type 7 NDA = Drug already marketed without approved NDA.